A letter to parents with a child in the NICU

Dear mom or dad,

On one of my first trips to a NICU, there was a new preemie on the unit, with his parents watching over him. I watched them struggle over the next months with ups and downs. One day, I went up and he was gone. I asked what happened. The nurse smiled […]

Why you should care about World Prematurity Day

In 2015, for the first time, complications to preterm birth became the number one global killer of young children under the age of 5. Here in Hamilton County, more than half of the babies who died in our community in the past year died because they were born before the end of their mother’s […]

Ohio Department of Health Releases Latest Statewide Infant Mortality Data

Today, the Ohio Department of Health released their latest report on infant mortality, sharing 2015 statewide data for the first time. The state saw an increase in its infant mortality rate from 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014 to 7.2 in 2015, a rise representing about 45 more deaths. Hamilton County 2015 […]

New safe sleep guidelines for caregivers

Earlier this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics released their latest safe sleep recommendations. Expanding upon their 2011 recommendations, the AAP delves into those gray area topics – where to safely breastfeed at night, in-bed sleepers and more – to provide caregivers clear guidelines around the safest sleep for their baby.

As always, the American […]

Making health care centers beautiful for moms

On September 29, Cradle Cincinnati and our partners came together to re-dedicate the Winton Hills Health Center. More than 100 volunteers and 15 local businesses contributed to a months-long transformation designed to encourage moms to get more prenatal care.

A partnership between Cradle Cincinnati and ArtWorks, this transformation is the second of its kind in […]

October is Safe Sleep for Babies Month

Babies sleep safest Alone, on their Back and in a Crib. Following these recommendations can significantly reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS. While these rules are not always easy to follow, your baby’s safety is worth it.

In October, Cradle Cincinnati and our partners are highlighting safe sleep through a number of initiatives:

Through a new […]

Preterm Birth in Cincinnati

A new report released today outlines the severity of extreme preterm birth in our community.

In Hamilton County, 554 babies were born extremely preterm, before their mother’s third trimester, between 2011 and 2015.  Of these babies, 286 died before their first birthday, with the majority dying on their first day of life. This makes extreme […]

Announcing our 2016 “Champions for Change” winners

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our 2016 Champions for Change awards. Champions for Change honors local leaders who are making a difference for moms and babies in our community.

Our 2016 winners are:

Social Support Champion: Jackie Rivers Ms. Rivers, a community health worker at the Cincinnati Health Department, has spent years working to […]

September is Infant Mortality Awareness Month: A Column by Senator Shannon Jones

Each year in Ohio, we lose an unacceptably high number of babies who die before reaching their first birthday. Through my work as Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and Co-Chair of the Ohio Commission on Infant Mortality, I have become sobered by the many saddening statistics which further cement Ohio’s […]

Hilltop Stories: Connecting communities through film

During the summer of 2014, artists Ryan Mulligan and Sam Meador debuted the inaugural film festival for Hilltop Stories: A Neighborhood Film Project in Walnut Hills. This summer the project is back and coming to North and South Fairmount! Hilltop Stories, a community art project, celebrates the stories and people of vibrant neighborhoods throughout […]